Written by Andrea Davis
There are many ways to create a minimalist home in 2017. Here are a few tips to help you create a clutter-free living space for the New Year:
Be creative with storage
Look for creative ways to improve the storage situation in your home so that you can keep important items without having your house look like it’s overrun with clutter.
This could be as simple as purchasing and assembling sliding drawers that use up the wasted space under your bed. You could also speak with a contractor about installing new cabinets in your kitchen.
Build catch-all shelving for common spaces
One of the biggest problems facing homeowners is shelf space. You can improve the look and feel of your living room or other shared spaces by constructing catch-all shelving. Additional shelving allows you to put books, photos and other decorative items in one place. Extra storage will help you avoid clutter and clogged drawer space.
Remodel the kitchen with an island
A kitchen island will help you cut the clutter in your home. Minimalist kitchen islands offer smart storage for pots and pans and provide a centralized place to prepare and serve meals for yourself, friends and family.
Decorate with white
There’s nothing more minimalist than using white and neutral colors to create a spacious feel in each room. You can achieve this look with white sheets, pillow cases and throw rugs. You can also overhaul all your home’s decor with a white or neutral flair.
Eliminate the clutter by donating
There are a few ways to boost your minimalist approach without spending money. Compile your old clothes, extra kitchen items and unused electronics and donate them to your local Salvation Army or other charity.
Here are a few ways to get started decluttering:
Hang up clothes in your closet with the hangers facing out. As you go through your wardrobe in the weeks ahead, the items with the hooks still facing outward aren’t getting much love and might be a perfect item for donation.
Look for multiples of kitchen items. Having more than you use just takes up space. Collect unused or extra kitchen items and donate them to your local charity or Salvation Army.
Decluttering your home in 2017 won’t happen overnight. But with a determined effort, you can make sure to enjoy a minimalist home setting in 2017.
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